Author: Kelsey Childress

Kelsey Childress

Kelsey is a senior Journalism, Communication, and Psychology major at Canisius College. She is also captain of the women’s swim team. She’s from Lynchburg, Virginia, but has fallen in love with the Buffalo community. She is excited to combine her passion for journalism with her love for sports to produce the “Game Changers” series.

Emma Najdzionek, a senior at Nichols School and an equestrian at SBS Farms, has had many accomplishments throughout her career. She is looking forward to continuing her success with the University of Mary Washington Equestrian team. Najdzionek has been riding with the Buffalo Equestrian Center since she was about 10-years-old. Emma joined the SBS farms competitive team a little over a year ago. She said her passion for this sport developed after her family started participating in trail rides during their vacations. “When I was about 6, my family started to take a yearly vacation where we would go on…

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Gwyneth Goldowski, captain of the Frontier High School track and field team and three-time section VI title champion, has had many accomplishments during her high school running career, and she is looking forward to continuing her success on the University of North Carolina team. Her passion for this sport was inspired by her father, who was an NCAA Division II track athlete at East Stroudsburg University. “He’s always been running, and he actually got me involved in running. There was a summer track club that I started when I was in third grade, and I’ve been running ever since.” Goldowski…

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Lauren Levy, captain of the Buffalo Seminary swim team, shared some of her most memorable experiences and greatest accomplishments during her time in the sport, including when she qualified for the 2019 European Maccabi Games in Budapest, Hungary. Levy started her swimming career at the age of six, through the local YMCA team. When she was nine, she joined the Tonawanda Titans Swim Club, and she said it has become her second home over the past seven years. “I just love the team. I love the atmosphere, with coach Scott and my other teammates. It’s a great place to be,”…

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Aurora Davis, sophomore mid-blocker on the Erie Community College volleyball team, has had great success both academically and athletically after coming to the United States from Italy in January of 2020. Her most recent, noteworthy accomplishment was being awarded the title of Region III Division III Player of the Year. Davis grew up in Treviso, a city in northeastern Italy that is about 40 minutes outside of Venice. She started her volleyball career at the age of 9, playing for her town’s club team, and she said she quickly fell in love with the sport. However, Davis explained that there…

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Ella Wanzer, senior guard and team captain of the Amherst Central High School basketball team, has had many accomplishments throughout her basketball career and is looking forward to continuing her success as a freshman on the Binghamton University basketball team in the fall of 2021. Wanzer started playing basketball in the first grade and joined her first travel team in third grade. She played on multiple local travel teams but currently plays for the I-90 elite team, which is based out of Syracuse, NY. She has been a member of I-90 since seventh grade and has made countless memories with…

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Rachel Funk, team captain of the softball team at Niagara University, has persevered through many unforeseen obstacles during her athletic career, but she never could have expected the abrupt end to her senior season brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funk said she vividly remembers the day she and her teammates received the news that their 2020 softball season was canceled. The team was in Florida for a set of away games at the beginning of March, and it was just an “ordinary day,” she said. The senior players were all riding in one van to the game when their…

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